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bachshute
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 118
posted November 07, 2004 06:10 PM  
this car was in a pretty good wreck and bent the front horns ,, we straighten it best we could ,, the car has won after this but the steering is messed up a little , the inner tie rods barely hit the sub frame and i cant get the frame any better so my question is ,
Is there a shorter pitman arm and idler arm that can be used or will the nova lowers give more clearence? or am i shooting a loser,This car is Metric frame with Mectric lowers, the car still does well but would like to get the steering better with out messing up the geomentry anymore than it already is , sorry so long , Thanks for any help .

rrrrick
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 192
posted November 07, 2004 06:59 PM  
1974 chevelle has a shorter pitman arm you can try. We use in in one of our modifieds with a bent horn

IowaFuzzy1
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted November 07, 2004 09:16 PM  
Don't you have a frame shop in your area that can get the horns right?I do a lot of race cars around this area.Putting a shorter arm on the right side without a pitman of equal length will screw up your steering geometry but maybe not enough to matter on dirt.

bachshute
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 118
posted November 08, 2004 05:00 AM  
There are a few frame shops around but i think i have the frame back as good as it can be ,
the pittman arm and idler arm need to be the same in leagth if i understand it correctly ,
has anyone tried the arms from a chevelle on a mectric ?
Any suggestion appreciated . Thanks

autoshop
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted November 08, 2004 08:18 AM  
it's winter time , stop off at the local wrecking yard and have some frame horns cut off a wrecked frame and put new ones on yours. It's not that hard of a job if you do all the measuring first.

Dman
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 270
posted November 08, 2004 08:40 AM  
It is possible the front frame horns are still bent in which will move the center link in towards the cross member.This winter with the engine out run a string line up the center of the chassis and measure off that side to side.The pitman and idler should be parallel to each other with the center link centered on the cross member and the steering box centered.Good luck!

awkwardjeff
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 562
posted November 08, 2004 01:54 PM  
The only thing I have to add is "if you replace both horns weld a tube between the new horns to be used before cutting them off the donor car, then weld them on together" this will keep them square with each other, that is the MOST important part.

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Originally posted by autoshop:
it's winter time , stop off at the local wrecking yard and have some frame horns cut off a wrecked frame and put new ones on yours. It's not that hard of a job if you do all the measuring first.


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